Austrian skier Hans Hinterseer gave his home crowd a thrill when he won the special slalom leg of the skiing World Cup in Schladming on Sunday (21 December).
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GV Gros competing and finishing (2 shots)
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GV Stenmark races down slope to finish (2 shots)
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GV Hinterseer down slope and wins
PIERRO GROS COMPETING IN SPECIAL SLALOM: INGEMAR STENMARK COMPETING IN SPECIAL SLALOM: HANS HINTERSEER MAKING WINNING RUN DOWN SLALOM COURSE.
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Background: Austrian skier Hans Hinterseer gave his home crowd a thrill when he won the special slalom leg of the skiing World Cup in Schladming on Sunday (21 December).
However, Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark finished just 0.12 seconds behind Hinterseer, to take the overall lead in the competition.
Stenmark won the first leg of the slalom, but could only come fifth in the second leg. Hinterseer, a 21-year-old student, was third in the first leg and then won the second leg by a third of a second.
The 25 points for winning the event put the Austrian in joint third place in the World Cup points table with Dave Irwin of Canada; both skiers have 47 points.
Stenmark, with 66 points, leads Italy's Pierro Gros -- who finished third in the special slalom -- by six points.
The 19-year-old Swede remains a firm favourite for a slalom gold medal at the Winter Olympics, to be held in Innsbruck next February.
Austria have established a clear lead in the Nations Cup competition also being held at Schladming. The Austrian team has amassed 336 points ...73 clear of their nearest rivals, Switzerland.
SYNOPSIS: Italian skier Pierro Gros showed fine speed skiing ability to fill third place in the World Cup special slalom event at Schladming, Austria on Sunday.
Gros made runs of 52.10 and 53.39 seconds to gain his bronze medal. However, the points he won from the special slalom were only enough to put him into second place in the overall World Cup competition. With a total of sixty points, Gros is still six off the lead.
The overall leader is Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark. The 19-year-old Swede won the first leg of the slalom and finished fifth in the second leg to give him outright second placing. The points he gained put him into the overall lead for the World Cup.
He also remains a firm favourite to win a slalom gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck next February.
Stenmark was over-cautious on the second leg and said afterwards he thought the slope had been too smooth for him.
The special slalom was eventually won by Austrian skier Hans Hinterseer. Hinterseer finished third behind Stenmark in the first leg and then won the second leg to gain victory by 0.12 seconds. The 21-year-old student got twenty-five winner's points to put him into joint third position overall ... a place he shares with Dave Irwin of Canada.
Austrian skiers are also doing well in the Nations Cup. The team of men and women have amassed 336 points to lead their nearest rivals, Switzerland, by 73 points.